Many people mistakenly believe that thermal imaging cameras actually see the temperature, but the fact is that thermal imaging camera’s actually are capturing the infrared energy or IR. As this energy transfers from an animal or object to the environment it produces what is called real time imaging. The more infrared energy the object produces, the darker it is going to appear or rather, greener as most thermal imaging cameras show the objects as green or brightly colored.
The camera then saves this image to a memory card or an internal memory where it can later be reviewed.
These cameras have some pretty great uses. Here are a few of the reasons that a thermal imaging camera may be used.
Fish and Wildlife Department
If there has been a predator in the area, the Department of Conservation may be called in to investigate. They will often set up thermal imaging cameras in the area where the predator has been known to be and wait a few days and return to see what has been seen on the camera. This can give them an in depth and closer look at whether or not they are dealing with a bear, cougar, wolf or some other animal.
Hunters sometimes use these cameras to find where the animals they are seeking congregate at night. Knowing where they are can help the hunter determine where they can best spend their time hunting.
Many security systems also use thermal imaging. They are ideal for securing the area outside of a facility or the perimeter of a facility.
Interestingly, a thermal imaging company are also very useful to plumbers. They work well at locating leaks since the camera captures the images according to temperature it is an ideal way to capture where leaks are occurring so that they can find the leaks easier.
Thermal imaging cameras can be head starting at about £3,000 to £10,000 per camera. It will depend upon how high tech you need the camera to be. Once the images are captured they can be replayed upon the camera itself or loaded onto a PC and reviewed to see what is out there. Many units have variety of options including overlays of thermal imaging on top of a regular digital image. All of these little variances can work well together to form the actual image of the object or animal in question.